Love that faces opposition or circumstances that prevent it from flourishing is known as forbidden love. This complex situation has inspired many poignant quotes over the centuries, reflecting the agony and passion of star-crossed lovers.
Here are some notable quotes about forbidden love:
“We loved with a love that was more than love.”– Edgar Allan Poe
This quote from Poe’s poem “Annabel Lee” evokes the intensity of a love that is enhanced by its forbidden nature. The obstacles only deepen the lovers’ passion for one another.
“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.”– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare’s famous tragedy depicts the doomed love between Romeo and Juliet, two young lovers from rival families. Their plight has become symbolic of how outside forces conspire to prevent true love.
“Nothing is forbidden in this world except what is forbidden by the heart.”– Isabel Allende
Allende suggests that the heart cares not for man-made rules or societal constraints, but only what feels right or wrong to the lovers themselves. Forbidden love may face external resistance, but the mutual desire of two people can overcome these obstacles.
“If I love you, is that a fact or a weapon?”– Leonard Cohen
Cohen recognizes the dual nature of forbidden love – it can be full of beauty and meaning for the lovers, but also rebellion against norms they disagree with. Their love may empower them, but also subject them to disapproval or danger.
“We always want the forbidden thing, and as soon as we have it, we don’t want it anymore.”– Nancy Friday
Friday’s quote implies that danger and inaccessibility are part of forbidden love’s appeal. Once the love is allowed to blossom freely, it may lose the exciting luster it had in secret. The nature of humans is to covet most what they cannot or should not have.
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”– Robert A. Heinlein
“Nothing brings people together more, than mutual hatred.”– Henry Rollins
“The strokes of love, like those in music, are sometimes long and sometimes short.”-Josh Billings
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”-Jacques Cousteau
“Love seeks no cause beyond itself and no fruit; it is its own fruit, its own enjoyment.”– Kahlil Gibran
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”-Rumi
“Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end.”– Rumi
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”– Rumi
“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you.”– Jalaluddin Rumi
“The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.”– Blaise Pascal
Quotes about Forbidden Love in Romeo and Juliet
Quotes from Shakespeare’s play about the doomed romance between two star-crossed lovers.
“Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake. Its everything except what it is!”― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“Love goes toward love, as schoolboys from their books; But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.”― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear.”― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“Sin from my lips? O trespass sweetly urged! Give me my sin again.”― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“These violent delights have violent ends.”― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“Thus with a kiss I die.”― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“Tempt not a desperate man.”― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.”― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Quotes about Forbidden Love Affairs
Quotes about secret romances and loving someone you’re not supposed to.
“Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe.”– Thomas Paine
“There is never a good reason for an affair. There are worse reasons and better reasons, but no good reasons. The “better” reasons involve sickness, dementia, brain tumors, or insanity. The worse reasons are the selfish ones.”– Frank Pittman
“The chains of marriage are so heavy that it takes two to carry them, and sometimes three.”– Alexandre Dumas
“Most people cheat and lie not because they want to but they don’t have the courage to be honest and face the consequences.”– Medusa D
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”– Emily Brontë
“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.”– Orson Welles
“How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved.”– Sigmund Freud
“Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.”-La Rochefoucauld
“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But, then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer, to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love, to be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy, therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you’re getting this down.”– Woody Allen
“Listen to your heart. It knows all things because it came from the Creator.”– Paulo Coelho
Short Quotes about Forbidden Love
Brief quotes and sayings about forbidden or controversial love.
“The heart wants what it wants.”– Emily Dickinson
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”– William Shakespeare
“Love is love is love is love is love is love is love.”– Lin Manuel Miranda
“We loved with a love that was more than love.”– Edgar Allan Poe
“If it’s wrong to love you, then my heart just won’t let me be right.”– Unknown
“I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.”― Cassandra Clare
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”– Lao Tzu
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”― Robert A. Heinlein
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”– Maya Angelou
“Love is never wrong, and so it never dies.”– The High Priestess
Forbidden love has long been a dominant theme in art and literature because it represents an emotionally charged struggle between desire and social duty. These quotes capture the contradictory passions and trials of lovers trapped in circumstances against their control. Their plight continues to inspire empathy and catharsis.